Texas, March 23: Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party’s most conservative members, announced early on Monday he is running for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is expected to be a crowded field of White House hopefuls to officially enter the race.
“I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” he tweeted. In an early preview of his campaign message, he says in an accompanying video that “it is going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to make America great again.”
Several other Republicans are expected to enter the race in the coming weeks, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and two Senate colleagues, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.
Mr. Cruz, 44, is the son of an American mother and Cuban-born father and would be the nation’s first Hispanic President.